Scottish Premiership
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St Johnstone 1-1 Dundee

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at McDiarmid Park
David Wotherspoon (left)
David Wotherspoon (left) pulled Saints level

St Johnstone's run of five victories in a row was brought to a halt as Dundee took home a share of the points from McDiarmid Park.

Kane Hemmings fired the visitors ahead in the opening minutes after a delightful one-two with Greg Stewart.

Michael O'Halloran cut back for David Wotherspoon to stroke in an equaliser.

The second half could not live up to the first, with Saints missing out on the chance to go third in the Scottish Premiership.

While it brought an end to Saints winning run, it was Dundee's fifth 1-1 draw in six games and enough to lift them into the top half of the table.

The visitors almost took the lead in the opening minute when a mistake by Steven Anderson allowed Hemmings an early shot on target that was saved by Alan Mannus.

However, their strong start continued and within minutes Dundee were in front.

Hemmings and Stewart combined before the former Rangers and Cowdenbeath striker steadied himself and drove a low left-foot shot into the corner.

In was no less than Paul Hartley's side deserved, but the hosts slowly eased their way back into the match and drew level soon after.

Chris Kane did well to get to the byeline before cutting the ball back into the heart of the penalty box.

Waiting was Wotherspoon who hammered the ball home off the underside of the crossbar.

The weather deteriorated, with the sleet and snow making playing conditions tricky for both sets of players.

Murray Davidson came close to giving Saints the lead with a volley that flew just over the crossbar of Scott Bain.

Kane Hemmings fires Dundee in front
Hemmings (right) fired Dundee in front in the opening minutes

Into the second half and chances were proving few and far between but Wotherspoon again came close after a searching run, but his effort drifted just wide of goal.

As the clock ticked towards 90 minutes Dundee pushed forward looking for a winner and Stewart fired in a shot from 20 yards that Mannus was able to collect at the second attempt.

There was lots of effort and commitment from both teams, but a point apiece on the night proved just about right.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 2Mackay
  • 6Anderson
  • 24EastonBooked at 85mins
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 7Millar
  • 8Davidson
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 80mins
  • 25KaneSubstituted forSuttonat 75'minutes
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forThomsonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scobbie
  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 16Caddis
  • 22Fisher
  • 27Thomson
  • 31Hurst

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 5McPake
  • 16EtxabegurenBooked at 17minsSubstituted forKonradat 75'minutes
  • 3Holt
  • 8LowSubstituted forCalderat 78'minutes
  • 17RossSubstituted forHarkinsat 66'minutes
  • 18McGowanBooked at 23mins
  • 9Loy
  • 15Hemmings
  • 7StewartBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 4Konrad
  • 6Meggatt
  • 12Mitchell
  • 20Calder
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 29Harkins
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
4,598

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home5
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Johnstone 1, Dundee 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 1, Dundee 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by David Wotherspoon.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  5. Post update

    Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Riccardo Calder (Dundee).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Chris Millar (St. Johnstone).

  8. Post update

    Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Booking

    Brian Easton (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Brian Easton (St. Johnstone).

  11. Post update

    Rory Loy (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Dundee) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Craig Thomson replaces Steven MacLean.

  14. Post update

    Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

  16. Booking

    David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

  18. Post update

    Rory Loy (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Booking

    Greg Stewart (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic15113138112736
2Hearts1593327151230
3Aberdeen159242217529
4St Johnstone168353224827
5Ross County156362219321
6Dundee164842225-320
7Hamilton155461921-219
8Inverness CT154561619-317
9Kilmarnock154471524-916
10Partick Thistle153571221-914
11Motherwell154291121-1014
12Dundee Utd1522111130-198
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